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deposit, and how to book accommodation if you need it. Once your deposit payment has cleared, you will receive an email confirming your Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number and the information you need to make your visa application. Visa deadlines Please contact your local visa office www.gov.uk/visa-processing-times Please be aware of visa processing times. Early payment of deposit is recommended to allow enough time to receive the documentation required for your visa application. The V.I.S.A. team offers support and advice in processing visa applications and can be contacted by email visa@gcu.ac.uk Equal opportunities: Fair admissions In accordance with its Charter, the University takes no account of religious, racial, gender, age, political consideration or sexual orientation in admitting students. Disability/special needs are not usually a bar to entry to programmes, but you are encouraged to declare these fully at an early stage so that any special arrangements are made before you join us. You must also declare past criminal convictions. This is particularly relevant for those applying to social work, nursing and health programmes. 25 How to apply You will receive one of three responses from us: • Conditional offer: you must meet the conditions included in the offer letter before an unconditional offer can be issued. Once the conditions have been met and the University has received all relevant documentation, we will email you an unconditional offer. • Unconditional offer: if you have satisfied all of the University’s entry criteria, you will receive an unconditional offer. • The University is unable to offer you a place: You will be notified by email. If you have not met the University’s entrance criteria for your programme, we may refer you to a suitable foundation programme, for example INTO GCU. See page 42 for more information on its programmes. * Please note that applications submitted through UCAS will also have decisions communicated through UCAS Track, which can be checked online. Step three Accepting your offer To accept an unconditional offer of a place, you must confirm your acceptance by email or via an overseas agent. On receipt of your acceptance, we will email you information about what to do next, such as paying your


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